Less Than Humble Beginnings

Less Than Humble Beginnings

by Chelsea Falin

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Overview

Willie and Babette have had their world turned upside down. While Babette adjusts easily to the change in circumstances, it takes Willie a great deal more time. How would you feel if you were suddenly thrust into a world that your own mother had kept you shunned from? Follow along on the first stage of young Willie's journey, as she forces herself to adjust to this strange new world. A startling epiphany shows Willie that she isn't the only one who suffers from 'Less Than Humble Beginnings.'

"Try to remember that everyone here has their demons, but we all put those demons to good use."
-Jack (Willie's oldest cousin)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015783773
Publisher: Chelsea Hammond
Publication date: 11/25/2012
Series: Growing Roots , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 71 KB

About the Author

Chelsea Falin is the author of eight other titles, including 'A Severing of Ties' (Volume One in the Benson Family Chronicles), and 'The Southern Dictionary.' Chelsea was born and raised in small town west-central Florida, but currently makes her home in southern New Jersey. She lives with her husband of four years, Bobby, and their three year old daughter, Vikki Beth. They have one turtle (Lucky), two guinea pigs (Rascal & Leroy), and one goldfish (Sassy).

Chelsea is currently working on three more publications, including the second volume of the Growing Roots series ('Personal Growth'), the second volume of the Benson Family Chronicles ('A Gathering of Sorrows'), and a second book of her own poetry.

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Less Than Humble Beginnings 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CatDipity More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this! Growing up in Oklahoma, and being a good portion Native American, this books was very interesting to read. I loved the Native American roots and heritage that is portrayed, though I will say, from where I've lived, the different tribes aren't generally as friendly with one another as they are in the story. Also, the description of Oklahoma's land and culture isn't exactly accurate, as it is generally more green- lots of trees and grass, not really much that's just dirt, and the reservation areas aren't nearly as bad as how they are described in the story. That said, I love the story of Willie and her sister, how they survive with their mother in some pretty rough situations, pretty heartbreaking, and then after losing her, are uprooted and begin to make their way. They find a home, family, amongst their cousins and with the love of their uncles and aunt. They begin to find out who they really are, and to finally feel like they belong. The stories of the cousins' friends are pretty rough as well, but together, I think it makes them all fit.
EllieReads More than 1 year ago
Chelsea Hain’s Less Than Humble Beginnings follows a young Native American, Willie, as she loses everything she knows, leaving Florida beaches and her mother’s transient lifestyle behind for small-town Oklahoma and her aunt’s close-knit family. Angry, scared, and mourning, Willie feels as if she belongs nowhere and doesn’t know how to trust her new family or her own feelings. As she settles in, Willie finally learns how to be comfortable in her own skin and how the choices we make help us find our place. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well-written and approachable. Being a teenager is never easy, and Willie’s internal struggles were easy to relate to. Each choice she makes has consequences- some good, some bad- but she doesn’t agonize over her choices; Willie’s practical streak runs wide and deep. The supporting characters were well-developed, each one has their own subplot that unfolds without detracting from Willie’s story; there are no bit parts in this book. This is a well-written, character driven book. I enjoyed it so much that I pouted when I realized that the next one isn’t out yet. I want to know what happens next!
Jovarie More than 1 year ago
Less Than Humble Beginnings tells the story of Willie who grew up with her sister Babette under her alcoholic mother. She and her sister soon became orphans and was thrusted into a life where she is forced to keep to herself. The story soon unfolds when her mother passed away and she is forced to live with her aunt in Oklahoma. There she unravels more from herself when she is given a second chance in life. She begins to discover how wonderful it is to have friends, family, and someone whom she can have romantic feelings with as a teenager. Less Then Humble Beginnings tugs the heart of every person who has read this short story. Written by Chelsea Falin, the story revolves around a young girl who is forced to live life at the tender years. The protagonist of the story is the epitome of strength and resilience during the tough times where a normal teenage girl would most likely still trying to fit in. For Willie, her current situation is nothing short of difficult and yet she persevered to become a better person for herself and for her sister. The story encourages young people to be at their best. It entices the young ones to be responsible and resilient during the hard times. The characters are believable and realistic. The author, Chelsea Falin, has proven once again that she can create a real life character and make it work without sounding too melodramatic. The story itself is a characterization of what everyone has gone through in life as a teenager alongside a few twists and turns that are special to Willie. Overall, the story itself is a very good read. People will find it inspiring and make them rethink of their actions. This is a good story for teenagers to read.
MLove More than 1 year ago
I'm one of those people who try to deduce a story based on the, title book cover, prologue and/or first chapter. For "Less Than Humble Beginnings", I felt I was going to be reading a historical (deduced from the book cover of the copy I have),  heavy drama (deduced from the title and first chapter).  I was wrong. "Less Than Humble Beginnings" is a light, heart-warming, coming-of-age story of  a15-year-old girl named Willie. She, along with her sister Babette, was raised by an alcoholic mom with a history of romantic relationships with disreputable men. A situation that made people her age to perceive her as "trash" and unsuitable as a friend. Thus, Willie grew up without any friends. Upon her mom's passing, she and her sister had to leave Florida and live with her aunt. There she found a new family, new friends, and quite possibly, found her first romance. Chelsea Falin is a great story-teller. With her clear descriptions of the characters, settings and dialogue, it was not difficult for me to imagine the characters and to picture every scene. With her excellent weaving of words, the world of Willie came alive as if I'm watching a movie. I find that the story and the characters are quite believable. Not a single detail is out of place. Just like Willie, I grew up with friends that are mostly boys. I am able to relate to how she never really believed anyone could find her beautiful or interesting. Her being unaware of her attraction to Spike is also believable. One other thing I did not expect from this book is the hint of romance. But, then again, I have to wait for the next book to know if Spike and Willie will end up together. I can't wait to read the second installment of the "Growing Roots Series".
avowen21 More than 1 year ago
Less Than Humble Beginnings is a wonderful and emotionally touching start to a new book series. The story follows the lives of two sisters; Willamina and Babette; that are orphaned by their alcoholic mother and sent to live with their estranged relatives as children. The story is told through the eyes of the young woman “Willie” (as Willamina prefers to be called); and her perspective on the events that take place in the novel truly make the entire story. After the two girls’ mother passes away in a drunken driving accident, they are sent to live with their proud Native American aunt and uncle in Oklahoma; who already have five other children; three boys and two girls. Having grown up as what Willie herself describes as ‘Florida trash’; she is shocked by the small, rural community where she finds herself at 15 years old. She settles in much more quickly than she expected to however; with the aid of her 3 oldest cousins. Shortly after her arrival on the farm, Willie has her first beer and her first kiss. She meets and falls for a local boy named Spike, whom she meets through her cousins. Not knowing if they are going to get together or not will definitely drive me to read the next book in this great series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Less than humble beginnings is one of the best books I've read involving coming of age teens. It was also inspirational in a way because of the determination of each of the characters. From the main character Willamina to either her cousins friends Spike or Duke, each one has a problem in their life that they will use to thrive in their own future. It was also a nice change to have native americans be the focus of this story. I look forward to reading the second of this book and I highly recommend to anyone to give it a try.
Dinithi More than 1 year ago
“Less Than Humble Beginnings” is a tale about a young girl coming of age who happens to face many challenges in her life which are not so common compared with her peers. Simple and lucid writing with a charm to tickle your senses and make you wonder “what’s next” with every line your eyes will swim through. It’s a light read with a smooth flow which will keep you engrossed. As in her previous novels, the author has succeeded in making this book too, a real page turn over by her skillful and lively narration and I didn’t even realized reaching the very last page of it. The story is populated with practical characters that are strange and unique in their own ways and also very friendly and caring the same time that you will fall in love with them and find it hard to part with. Just after finishing the story I started missing Willie and her gang of cousins and friends. It’s a book which you will never feel like putting down until the very end. I really look forward in reading the next books to come out in this series. The story not only makes you live in the sweet day today adventures of the teenagers but also discusses the grueling mishaps a child has to face due to drug addict, alcoholic and abusive parents. So, it carries a message for you all to think upon as well. All in all I can call it’s a story which is “short and sweet”. If you are a young adult, or anybody who loves to read about loving family bonds and friendship this is definitely a book you don’t want to miss!